Have you ever heard the quote, "The only time you should look back is to see how far you've come"? I disagree. I think looking back on the good times can be cathartic and rewarding. I love to reminisce about times when I felt carefree, energized, excited, and bright eyed to bring that energy into my present day life. I also love taking a look back... in the mirror! All jokes aside, women tend to neglect training their upper body and especially their backs. If you already lift weights, you're probably thinking, "that's crazy!" Right? Once you start developing upper body and back muscles, it becomes addicting. However, if you're new to lifting weights the idea of training your lats,
The key to successful, long-term weight loss? It's not a pill, special ab machine, or miracle meal replacement shake. In fact, it's not even a science-based nutrition plan or maintainable workout plan, though both of these are essential parts. It's your ability to identify, acknowledge, and respond to your "triggers." Your triggers could be a demanding work deadline, crabby children, a fight with your significant other, a snarky comment from a co-worker, a poor night's sleep, or feeling insecure after scrolling through social media. It's the little (or big) moments in your day that put a pit in your stomach, make your heart race, or get your mind racing about past regrets or future fears. These moments can be a
Who doesn't love waking up to the smell of waffles? I'm so excited to make them tomorrow morning, I can't even sleep. I'm not kidding. It's Friday night around 1am and I decided to write this blog post because the thought of waking up to make (and eat) these crispy, doughy Banana Bread Protein Waffles is literally keeping me awake. Okay, so it's not just the waffles keeping me awake. But they are playing a major role. There are certain weeks where creating content feels taxing and my creative juices aren't flowing. Writing, taking photos, editing, and promoting Life in Spandex feels like a chore. However monotonous it feels in those moments, I just keep searching, thinking, and playing with
My favorite piece of exercise equipment has always been dumbbells. That's why it's the only piece of equipment needed for all the workouts in the Life in Spandex 30-Day Sweat Guide. However, there's a close runner up - resistance bands. Mini bands, fit tube, flat bands, I like them all. They fit in my purse, are affordable, and allow you to adjust the intensity of the exercises. Fun fact: I always have at least one resistance band on me at all times :). They're also like dumbbells in that they challenge your stabilizing muscles - think core, hips, shoulders - even when you're focusing on primary mover muscle groups. This helps tone those hard to reach muscles and increases your
In elementary school, I planned out all my Valentine's weeks in advance (who was going to get which Disney princess card was very important) and fantasized about who would be my secret admirer. In my adolescent and early twenties, the roses, chocolates, gifts, cards, and surprises were affirmation that my current beau truly cared about me. In my late twenties, I now know the greatest love is the one we can give ourselves and a good man shows you how much he appreciates you not through material things but through patience, companionship, loyalty, and acceptance(though I could always go for something sparkly 😉 ). But I'm still a romantic, and Valentine's Day being the "most romantic day of the year,"